January 24, 2009

Weekly Geeks #3: Classics

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This week's Weekly Geek is all about classic literature. This is a great topic for me since I love the classics. Some of my favorites are from the Bronte family: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, as well as the Austen novels, the works of George Eliot, Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. As you can see, I find the words of women of that time period the most interesting.

If you've never read a classic novel, you might want to start out small and dip your toe in the water with Silas Marner by George Eliot. Maybe you prefer "go big or go home" then take on a monster like The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. That's a fun one.

As for modern books with classic appeal, there are many 'sequels' to famous books, especially the Austen books, popping up here and there. Sometimes it's fun to imagine what our favorite characters did after the original author closes the book on them. I'm a big fan of Jane Eyre so I thought Jane Eyre's Daughter wasn't bad. And the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde is quite an adventure where classic characters get into all kinds of trouble.

14 comments :

  1. I like the classics, but I'm not crazy about the modern day sequels to them.

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  2. I mentioned many of the same ones on my post. Wow, some good books here.

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  3. If you like adventure you can't go wrong with Jules Verne. My post is up here in which I mostly talk about Don Quixote.

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  4. A lovely introduction to accessible classics, Chris! thanks :-) I think I will check out Silas Marner at some point. I love Jane Austen, and am due to read Persuasion this year. And if I can find some Charles Dickens :-)

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  5. Another Weekly Geeker posted about Anne Bronte. I'm seriously thinking now to read her.. she's the only Bronte I haven't. :)

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  6. Hmmm, I've never read Silas Marner, or anything by George Elliot. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. I own a George Elliot book. I bought it one day intending to read it. I think that was four years ago, but it might be more! One day, the time will come.

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  8. I'm part-way through The Count of Monte Cristo. Some interesting-sounding reads.
    Happy Weekly Geeks :)

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  9. Ahhh, I love classics! I read too few last year, but this year I seem to be off to a good start. I think I'm in the mood for some Willa Cather since you mentioned her. Maybe I should re-read The Professor's House.

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  10. There do seem to be so many sequels to the Austen books lately. I haven't read any so I can't say but I am sort of tempted by a few.

    and, one of these days I will read those Jasper Fforde books! :)

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  11. I just picked up The Count of Monte Cristo at the library today, so when you said, "That's a fun one," I thought, Oh good! Then I thought, wait, I don't know if she meant "That's a fun one" exclamation point or "That's a fun one" *rolls eyes*. LOL. I'm hoping for the first one!

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  12. Dreamybee- lol! It's the 1st one. Jealousy, backstabbing, revenge. It's got it all.

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  13. Whew! That makes me feel better!

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